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🗳️ Rightsizing results
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Learn about San Antonio ISD’s rightsizing vote, and which schools are closing or merging. | Photo by Katerina Holmes via Pexels
This summer, the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) proposed the consolidation of 19 schools based on a rightsizing study + report completed by the district. After over 20 community engagement meetings during the past few months, four elementary schools were taken off the consolidation list — Collins Garden, Ogden, Pershing, and Riverside Park.

Let’s break down what we know.

🍎 School closures

After a final vote during a district board meeting Monday night, SAISD Board voted 5-2 to close 15 schools and merge three pairs of campuses. Here are the schools closing at the end of the 2023-2024 school year:
    District One
    • Lamar Elementary School
    • Green Elementary School
    District Two
    • Carroll Early Childhood Center (ECC)
    • Douglass Elementary School
    • Gates Elementary School
    • Miller Elementary School
    • Tynan ECC
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    SAISD will close 15 schools at the end of the current academic year.


    Photo by SAISD

    District Three
    • Forbes Elementary School
    • Foster Elementary School
    • Highland Park Elementary School
    District Four
    • Knox Elementary School
    District Five
    • Storm Elementary School
    District Seven
    • Baskin Elementary School
    • Huppertz Elementary School
    • Nelson ECC
    The closures of Baskin and Carroll are delayed by two years in order to complete the expansion of other schools receiving students. In addition to these closures, six schools will merge:
    • Gonzales ECC and Twain Dual Language Academy
    • Beacon Hill Dual Language Academy and Cotton Academy
    • Kelly Elementary and Lowell Middle School
    Check out the breakdown of each school on the district’s website.

    🚌 What’s next?

    So, what happens to 2020 bond money with rightsizing? These funds for the rightsized buildings would go to other schools for renovations, supplies, and added security. Check out the full explanation.

    Following Monday’s public meeting, the district will discuss the future of the schools and present it to the board on Monday, Dec. 11. You can catch the meeting via livestream. During this meeting, the board will also have a final decision on Rodriguez Montessori Elementary and discuss next steps.
    What do you think of SAISD rightsizing vote?

    A. I agree with the closures + mergers
    B. I disagree with the closures + mergers
    C. I don’t know enough about it
    Wednesday, Nov. 15
    • Collins Garden Book Club | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 1-2 p.m. | Collins Garden Library, 200 N. Park Blvd., San Antonio | Free | Come discuss the novel “Other Birds” by Sarah Addison Allen.
    • Dancing with the Stars | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio | $10 | Join professional dancer Heather Stolle for a lecture about dance composition.
    • Cowboy Karaoke Night | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 9-11:30 p.m. | Lonesome Rose, 2114 N. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | Free | Celebrate this local bar’s five-year anniversary with a night of karaoke hosted by Anita Beat.
    Thursday, Nov. 16
    • Puppy Yoga with SNIPSA | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St., San Antonio | $25 | Join a guided stretch session with Cassandra and puppies from a local humane society.
    • Wine Class | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. | High Street Wine, 302 Pearl Pkwy., Unit 104, San Antonio | $75 | Join Advanced Sommelier, Austin Tabbone and enjoy holiday-themed snacks paired with seasonal wine.
    • Dinner & Cocktails | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Luna Rosa, 910 S. Alamo St., San Antonio | $70 | Join Brugal Rum for a four course meal paired with cocktails.
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    News Notes
    • Mayor Ron Nirenberg has reinstated the Charter Review Commission to review the city’s legislative power. A letter sent to city leaders states the commission will look into four categories and appoint 15 people chaired by Bonnie Prosser Elder + David Zammiello. Voters could see changes on the November 2024 ballot. (SA Report)
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    • The City of San Antonio has allocated $100,000 in this fiscal year’s budget to help seniors and disabled residents cover the costs of code violations — like overgrown lawns + hazardous trees. This six month pilot program is designed to cut the number of violations by having qualifying residents apply for assistance. (Express News)
    • Vista Brewing’s new all day café + tap room has opened on the city’s Eastside at 125 Lamar Street, and they’re celebrating through Sunday, Nov. 19. Today only, customers can enjoy half-off coffee drinks and 25% off bottles of Texas wine from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check out the full line up of deals.
    • The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) announced its Citizens Police Academy begins Tuesday, Jan. 9. The 12-week course gives residents the opportunity to learn about SAPD. The class will meet every Tuesday at the training academy at 12200 SE Loop 410 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sign up today.
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    Order your Thanksgiving feast from one of these local restaurants. | Photo by The Hayden
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    Aldaco’s, 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy. #4100

    Pre-order by: Saturday, Nov. 18
    Pick up: Tuesday, Nov. 21 + Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Order and pick up a feast for 10 people for $179.99 that includes a spiral ham, mac and cheese, roasted potatoes, dinner rolls + butter, and more.

    Blanco BBQ, 13259 Blanco Rd.

    Pre-order by: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m.
    Pick up: Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

    Customers have the option to choose the Holiday Feast Special that serves 15 people for $249 — think $16.60 per person — or Á La Carte featuring smoked turkey, ham, sides + fixings, drinks, and desserts. To order, call 210-251-2602.
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